Joe Biden on Saturday won the U.S. presidency over Donald Trump, TV networks projected on November 7 — a victory sealed after the Democrat claimed several key battleground States won by the Republican incumbent in 2016.
Joe Biden, 77, has been elected 46th President of the U.S., say American media reports.
Kamala Harris made history as the first Black woman elected as vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries.
Here are the reactions:
Celebrations erupt in major U.S. cities after Biden election win
Days of pent-up post-election anxiety gave way to spontaneous street celebrations as Joe Biden supporters cheered news of his presidential win with a cacophony of banging pots and pans, honking horns and dance music in cities across the United States.
Rallies by hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump, who insisted on Saturday “this election is far from over,” were more muted in size and scope compared with the festive crowds that turned out by the thousands in some cities for Biden.
While there were some isolated instances of Trump and Biden supporters confronting one another, as occurred between two opposing groups of about 100 each in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, there were no immediate reports of violence or other unruly behaviour.
Minutes after major television networks called the race in the former Vice President’s favour, throngs of people — most of them wearing masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 — streamed to the White House to rejoice outside a security fence as the sound of fireworks boomed in the distance. – Reuters
Mexico’s president won’t congratulate Biden until ‘legal proceedings’ over
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Saturday that he can not congratulate a winner of the U.S. presidential election until all legal proceedings are concluded, calling his decision ”politically prudent”.
“With regard to the U.S. election, we are going to wait until all the legal matters have been resolved,” Lopez Obrador said at a televised news conference.
In his remarks, Lopez Obrador said he had a good relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump and with former vice president Biden, who he said he had known for a decade. – Reuters
‘I will be a President for all Americans’
“America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me,” Mr Biden tweeted.
‘We did it Joe’
Vice-President elect Kamala Harris tweeted a short video of her speaking to Mr Biden over the phone saying: “We dd it Joe. You’re going to be the next Presdent of the United States.
He will be a President for all of our families
Jill Biden, set to be the First Lady, tweeted this picture.
‘We’re fortunate that Joe’s got what it takes to be President’
Former US President Barack Obama, under whom Mr Biden served as Vice President for two terms, tweeted a statement congratulating Biden and Kamala Harris.
Hillary and Bill Clinton
‘It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America’
“America has spoken, and democracy has won. Now we have a President-Elect and Vice President-Elect who will serve all of us and bring us all together. Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on your momentous victory!” Bill Clinton, former US President, said in a tweet.
Hillary Clinton, who ran against Donald Trump in 2016, also tweeted: “The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president. It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together.”
Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister
‘The U.S. is our most important ally’
“Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.
“The U.S. is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”
‘Makes us proud that the first woman to serve as Vice President of the USA traces her roots to India’
“Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden. I’m confident that he will unite America and provide it with a strong sense of direction,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
“Congratulations, Vice-President-elect @KamalaHarris! It makes us proud that the first woman to serve as Vice President of the USA traces her roots to India,” Gandhi said.
Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister
‘Canada and the United States enjoy an extraordinary relationship’
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their electoral victory.
“I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we tackle the world’s greatest challenges together,” Mr. Trudeau said in the first congratulatory message by a world leader after Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris were declared winners of the November 3 presidential election.
“Canada and the United States enjoy an extraordinary relationship — one that is unique on the world stage. Our shared geography, common interests, deep personal connections, and strong economic ties make us close friends, partners, and allies,” he said.
“We will further build on this foundation as we continue to keep our people safe and healthy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and work to advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world,” Mr. Trudeau said.
Emmanuel Macron, French President
‘We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!’
French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated U.S. president-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris on their election victory.
“We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!” Macron tweeted, in French and English.
Former French president Francois Hollande, who was in office when Mr. Trump came to power in 2016, welcomed the “good news for American democracy”.
Mr. Biden has promised to return the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement after Mr. Trump pulled out of it.
Mr. Hollande hailed the “happy news for the planet with the return of United States in the climate agreement”.
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
‘Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to overcome the great challenges of our times’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and said transatlantic ties were ‘irreplaceable,’ alluding to tensions during Donald Trump’s leadership.
“Congratulations!” Ms. Merkel said. “I wish luck and success from the bottom of my heart.
“Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to overcome the great challenges of our times,” she said in a tweet issued by a government spokesman.
Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leader
‘Win gives hope that right wing extremism will be relegated to the pages of history’
“Congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden & Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris. Their win gives hope to rest of the world that right wing extremism & those who sow division & hatred will sooner or later be relegated to the pages of history like Donald Trump,” she tweeted.
‘Look forward to working closely together once again to take India-U.S. relations to greater heights’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Democrat Joe Biden for his win over Republican U.S. President Donald Trump in a close presidential election and noted his “critical and invaluable” contribution to strengthening the India-U.S. relations as vice president.
PM Modi, in his tweets, also congratulated Vice President elect Kamala Harris for her win and said her success was pathbreaking and a matter of immense pride for all Indian-Americans.
PM Modi said, “Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory! As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-U.S. relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-U.S. relations to greater heights.”
He added, “Congratulations @KamalaHarris! Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans. I am confident that the vibrant India-U.S. ties will get even stronger with your support and leadership.”
Mr. Biden had served as vice president when Barack Obama was the country’s president.
President Ram Nathi Kovind
President of India wishes Biden, Harris
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Joe Biden on his election as the U.S. President and said he looks forward to working with him to further strengthen India-US relations.
“My sincere felicitations to Joseph R. Biden on his election as President of the United States of America and @KamalaHarris, as Vice President. I wish @JoeBiden a successful tenure and look forward to working with him to further strengthen India-US relations,” Mr. Kovind tweeted.
‘India looks forward to a close partnership that will be beneficial to peace and development in our region and around the world’
Congress president Sonia Gandhi congratulated Joe Biden for winning the U.S. presidential election, saying India looked forward to a close partnership beneficial to peace and development.
In a statement late in the night, Ms. Gandhi also extended warm greetings to vice president-elect Kamala Harris.
Under the “wise and mature” leadership of Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris, Ms. Gandhi said “India looks forward to a close partnership that will be beneficial to peace and development in our region and around the world“.
‘The European Union and the United States are friends and allies, our citizens share the deepest of links’
European Union leaders Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen hailed Joe Biden’s election as president of the United States and called for stronger transatlantic ties.
“I warmly congratulate Mr Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. Presidential election and look forward to meeting him at the earliest possible opportunity,” European Commission president von der Leyen said.
“The European Union and the United States are friends and allies, our citizens share the deepest of links,” she said.
“Together we have built an unprecedented transatlantic partnership rooted in common history and shared values of democracy, freedom, human rights, social justice and open economy.
Mr. Michel, who as president of the European Council represents the leaders of EU member states — not all of whom have acknowledged Mr. Biden’s victory — also tweeted his “congratulations”, but was more cautious.
“We take note of the latest development in the electoral process,” he said, after U.S. news networks reported a Biden victory and the Democratic Party candidate and former vice president claimed the win.
“On this basis the EU congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on reaching enough Electoral Votes.”